Letters to the Editor - Dec. 20

December 20, 2010

Library donation would be nice Christmas gift

To the editor:

I wanted to extend a note of thanks to all those in the community who have donated to the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library’s Capital Campaign fund. We are very excited about our project and anticipate continued financial support from the community.

At the beginning of December, $165,000 had been given, along with pledges for next year. Thank you to the businesses in the area, individuals and foundations. It will take everyone pulling together to fully complete the renovation/expansion of the current library building.

If you have not mailed in your completed donation card, please put it on your Christmas list. Additional cards are available at the library or donations can be accepted online at Please consider giving a donation to the Besore library as an end-of-the-year gift.

The community library is used by many people of all ages, and gives a safe, friendly environment in which to learn.

Patti Divelbiss
Capital Campaign chairwoman

A gift to CASA is a gift of hope

To the editor:

I recently spoke with a representative from CASA. I wanted to help in some way at the holidays.

CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused.) is an organization that aids adults, teens and children who are struggling with abusive situations and is located in our Hagerstown area.

Trees might be trimmed with bright lights throughout the city, songs filled with Christmas cheer float in the air, but hiding behind all the gaiety looms the “dirty little secret” many women don’t ever want to talk about. The stigma and the hopelessness of domestic violence can destroy the very spirit within, diminish the ability to keep trying, until the only hope these women and their families might have, is intervention from places such as CASA.

Most abusers have been abused and many women in abusive situations struggle with their own self-worth. This is why the holidays are the perfect time to give them the gift of hope. By helping these women see they are valuable no matter what has happened in their lives, a pattern is broken. It might not only change their futures, but affect others in a positive way as well.

The celebration of Christmas is when God gave us the very best He had to give. He gave us His only Son, wrapped Him as a little child and placed Him in a manger. He is not asking us to do the same, but to wrap our love and compassion in a constructive way to give help to those who desperately need it.
Since holidays often generate more domestic violence, a gift made to CASA will not only give hope at the Christmas season, but continue on throughout the coming year.

Kate Prado

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